Residency and In-State Tuition

To qualify for the senior college resident tuition rate a student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in a qualifying non-immigration status and must have continuously maintained his/her principal place of abode in the State of New York for a period of at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes. Students under the age of 24 are generally considered dependent upon their custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and proof of residency is determined (in most cases) by their residency status. The CUNY Residency Form and the listings of documents that determine eligibility are available here. Submit the form and all documentation to the Admissions Office, room L.64, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019.

The deadline to submit the CUNY Residency Form and all required documentation is on or before the last day of finals in the semester for which resident tuition is being sought. All CUNY colleges will not make residency determinations retroactively and will not issue refunds to students even in cases where they would have qualified for the resident rate if they had submitted timely documentation. The entire University Tuition & Fee Manual is available for review here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- I am 18 years old. How can I get in-state tuition after living in New York for 12 months?
A- If you are under the age of 24, you must provide your parents’ most recent signed Federal and State tax returns. If you are claimed as a dependent on your parents’ tax returns and they filed in another State, you are not eligible for in-state tuition.
If you are under 24 and not claimed on your parents’ most recent Federal and State tax returns, you must then prove financial independence in addition to establishing New York State as your principal place of abode in order to be eligible for in-state tuition. To provide proof of financial independence, you must submit your most recent Federal and New York State income tax returns. Factors taken into account include, but are not limited to: whether you are employed and the amount you earned relative to expenses, and other sources of income.

Q- I am 25 years old. Do I need to provide documents that I am financially independent from my parents?
A- No. Students aged 24 and older are considered independent and do not have to document financial independence from their parents. But you still must qualify for in-state tuition by being a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in a qualifying non-immigration status and have continuously maintained your principal place of abode in the State of New York for a period of at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes.

Q- I moved to New Jersey with my father but I went to high school in Manhattan because my mother lives there. Am I eligible for in-state tuition?
A- Yes, provided that you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in a qualifying non-immigration status (or undocumented) and meet one of the following conditions:

First, you have attended an approved New York high school for two or more years, graduated, and applied to attend CUNY within five years of receiving the New York State diploma.

Second, you have attended an approved New York State Program for General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam preparation, received the GED issued within New York State, and applied to attend CUNY within five years of receiving the New York State GED.

Third, you were enrolled in CUNY in the Fall 2001 semester or quarter and were authorized by CUNY to pay tuition at the resident rate. Thus, a student who attended CUNY in the Fall 2001 semester and paid the resident rate does not have to satisfy either condition 1 or 2 above.

It should be noted that any student meeting one of the three conditions set forth in the law does not need to prove residence in New York State. In addition, students without lawful immigration status must file an affidavit (notarized) with CUNY stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status or will file such an application as soon as they are eligible to do so.

Q- I am an F-1 international student. I have been living in Brooklyn for 3 years. Am I eligible for in-state tuition?
A- No. Students in F-1 status do not qualify for in-state tuition. F-1 is on a list of visa categories for non-immigrant aliens who do not qualify for the in-state or resident rate of tuition.